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Northern Allowance

Community differences in cost of living and travel are offset by a northern allowance.  This allowance is taxable.  The allowance is paid every other week.  The bi-weekly amount is calculated by dividing the annual allowance by 26.  The rate you are paid is based on your community of employment.

The annual northern allowance rates are as follows, effective April 1, 2012:

Region/Community
Annual
Rate
Deh Cho
Fort Liard
Fort Providence
Fort Simpson
Hay River Reserve
Jean Marie River
Kakisa
Nahanni Butte
Trout Lake
Wrigley

$7,252

$6,828
$10,239
$5,204
$11,813
$6,756
$15,098
$17,949
$15,257
Fort Smith
Enterprise
Fort Resolution
Fort Smith
Hay River
Lutselk'e

$5,205

$9,547
$6,895
$5,187
$17,486
Tli Cho

Behchoko
Detah
Gameti
Wekweeti
Whati
$6,222
$3,463
$13,601
$13,397
$13,614
Region/Community
Annual
Rate
Beaufort Delta
Aklavik
Fort McPherson
Inuvik
Paulatuk
Sachs Harbour
Tsiigehtchic
Tuktoyaktuk
Ulukhaktok

$20,490
$16,635
$13,827
$25,539
$26,221
$17,979
$22,382
$27,506
Sahtu
Colville Lake
Deline
Fort Good Hope
Norman Wells
Tulita

$23,098

$21,459
$21,234
$14,857
$18,423
Nunavut
Iqualuit
Rankin Inlet

$16,352
$18,291
Headquarters
Yellowknife

$3,450
Other
Dawson City

$10,295

The Northern Allowance methodology will be updated on a yearly basis and the updated Northern Allowance Rates will be implemented on April 1 of each year.

Bilingual Allowance

If you are required by the Government to use two or more of the official languages in your position, you are provided with a bilingual allowance of $1,200 per year.  This does not apply to employees assigned the duties of translation and interpretation in their job descriptions.  An examination of language ability may be required.

The official languages of the Northwest Territories are:

Chilpewyan English Inuinnaqtun North Slavey
Cree French Inuktitut South Slavey
Gwich'in Inuvialuktun Tlicho  

The bilingual allowance is taxable.

The allowance is paid every other week. The bi-weekly amount is calculated by dividing the annual allowance by 26.